Murder on the Sugarland Express by Angie Fox

Murder on the Sugarland Express

Verity Long is overdue for a little R&R (rest and romance) with her boyfriend Ellis, and a vintage train trip through the Tennessee mountains seems like just the ticket. The Sugarland Express carries history and nostalgia in every compartment, and Verity is determined to enjoy it—without ghostly interference. But the ghosts have other plans…On a dark, desolate night ne...

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  • Bec

    Loved this mystery. Verity and Ellis are great characters. Angie Fox is a brilliant author who writes amazing stories. Recommend to all.

  • Kristina

    Murder on the Sugarland Express by Angie Fox is the sixth installment in The Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries. Verity Long feels the need to escape Sugarland, Tennessee after an incident with her ex-fiancé, Beau Wydell at the soft opening of Southern Spirits. Ellis Wydell, Verity’s boyfriend, books them on a trip on the Sugarland Express. Verity is hoping for a break from mysteries and ghosts while on the trip. Unfortunately, Frankie (her resident ghost) believes it will be the perfect romantic g

    Murder on the Sugarland Express by Angie Fox is the sixth installment in The Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries. Verity Long feels the need to escape Sugarland, Tennessee after an incident with her ex-fiancé, Beau Wydell at the soft opening of Southern Spirits. Ellis Wydell, Verity’s boyfriend, books them on a trip on the Sugarland Express. Verity is hoping for a break from mysteries and ghosts while on the trip. Unfortunately, Frankie (her resident ghost) believes it will be the perfect romantic getaway for himself and his girl, Molly. Verity soon learns that the train has a dark history attached to it (and some unwelcome guests in the cabin next door). As the bell rings on the Sugarland Express, the old ghosts are being called back. The original train experienced a murder before a bridge collapsed and plunged the train into the icy river. Inspector De Clercq (a ghostly detective) is intent on solving the original crime. It is soon apparent that the Sugarland Express is following in the original trains footsteps (so to speak). A woman is found murdered in compartment 9 in the exact same spot as the original murder. Verity, Ellis and some unlikely allies set out to catch two killers—one past and one present. Will the train make it back to Sugarland or will it suffer a similar fate to its predecessor?

    Murder on the Sugarland Express can be read alone. I found the story to be well-written, have a decent pace and enjoyable to read. I did find, though, there to be some repetition of details (and a couple of slow spots). A little fine tuning would not go amiss. Murder on the Sugarland Express has humor, intrigue, romance, ghosts, a cute skunk, and plenty of action. I loved the descriptions of the train (I found out something I never knew about the caboose). What mystery lover would not love to take a ride on a replica of a vintage train (especially one with ghosts and a mystery)? The mysteries were engaging with great details. I especially liked two clues on the vintage (1929) murder. I had hoped that the mysteries would be more challenging. It would delightful to finally see growth in Virginia and Beau Wydell (it’s about time). Whether it sticks or not remains to be seen. Readers will be entertained with Frankie’s hijinks. At the end of the book we get a hint of what to come in the next book.

  • Madison Warner Fairbanks

    Murder on the Sugarland Express by Angie Fox

    6th Book in the Southern Ghost Hunter mystery series. Can be read as a stand alone.

    The Sugarland Express train has been renovated and it’s maiden voyage seems to be a repeat of the past. Stopped unexpectedly in the mountains, Wi-Fi equipment destroyed, no cell reception and a murder in Compartment 9 leads Verity, Ellis and Frankie on a mystery solving path.

    A fun mystery that’s solved on two levels, past and present. Twist and turns. Solve a mystery in

    Murder on the Sugarland Express by Angie Fox

    6th Book in the Southern Ghost Hunter mystery series. Can be read as a stand alone.

    The Sugarland Express train has been renovated and it’s maiden voyage seems to be a repeat of the past. Stopped unexpectedly in the mountains, Wi-Fi equipment destroyed, no cell reception and a murder in Compartment 9 leads Verity, Ellis and Frankie on a mystery solving path.

    A fun mystery that’s solved on two levels, past and present. Twist and turns. Solve a mystery in the past, then work the one in the present. A bit of danger for Verity. Again. Entertaining. 🚂

  • Anita

    Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.

    Can you imagine

    Southern Ghost Hunter Style? No? I had a tough time grasping that too because although there are several plot similarities, there are a whole lot more differences. But, the plot is a real kick and a bang up mystery, too and two. You get two mysteries to solve in this book, one a ghostly murder and the other a very real live one. Grea

    Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.

    Can you imagine

    Southern Ghost Hunter Style? No? I had a tough time grasping that too because although there are several plot similarities, there are a whole lot more differences. But, the plot is a real kick and a bang up mystery, too and two. You get two mysteries to solve in this book, one a ghostly murder and the other a very real live one. Great book and a unique plot merging the ghostly realm with the real world.

    Verity Long and boytoy, Ellis are longing for some away time from all the ghostly shenanigans and goings on that make up Verity's life in Sugarland, TN. Ellis manages to score the last compartment on the maiden run of The Sugarland Express train through the Tennessee mountains. The train is as authentic as possible, but with very modern amenities, of course. It also comes with a tragic murder and disastrous end for the "ghost" train.

    80 years ago the train was stranded and a young woman was stabbed to death in her locked compartment. The murder was never solved. Those ghosts are back and the whole thing is played out again. Also back is a ghostly Belgian detective and he thinks Frankie is a cop too.

    When the stabbing plays out again, in real life, Verity and Ellis are stuck on The Sugarland Express with both a ghostly and an all to real murderer. It's time for ghost Frankie and his girlfriend Molly to lend a hand to the living and help solve both cases before Verity ends up as a ghost too.

  • Sophia

    In a fun tribute to Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, the author places her lovable heroine, Verity Long, irascible gangster ghost hero, Frankie, and Verity's stalwart boyfriend Ellis on a restored old steam train on which an unsolved murder occurred many years before.

    I enjoyed how Verity has really come into her own when it comes to the existence of ghosts and her talent for solving crimes, ghostly or otherwise. She's grown confident and independent though still a softy for helpin

    In a fun tribute to Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, the author places her lovable heroine, Verity Long, irascible gangster ghost hero, Frankie, and Verity's stalwart boyfriend Ellis on a restored old steam train on which an unsolved murder occurred many years before.

    I enjoyed how Verity has really come into her own when it comes to the existence of ghosts and her talent for solving crimes, ghostly or otherwise. She's grown confident and independent though still a softy for helping others. And, in this installment, she and Ellis prove that they are a solid couple when his brother who is also her ex was attempting to stir up trouble for them and Frankie is up to his antics that disrupt the couple's vacation. Adults in a relationship acting mature? Oh yes!

    The mystery had echoes of the famous Christie story, but only so far as the murder happened on an isolated old train with all the suspects trapped together, no obvious motive, and a locked door mystery. Most of the story was just a great Southern Ghost Hunter adventure with some good twists to keep the reader guessing. How could I resist a mystery set on an elegant steam train journey through the mountains?

    All in all, this latest installment of the series was a delight from cover to cover that was a light and easy read that I quickly devoured. Paranormal cozy mystery fans should not miss this series.

    I rec'd this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Donna

    Verity Long is back and she can’t help but get embroiled in a mystery even on a train. Verity and Ellis need to get away from it all so they plan a romantic getaway aboard the Sugarland Express. Gangster ghost Frankie cons his way aboard with his latest flame Molly. You would think they would be safe from mystery but they manage to get involved in not one but two mysteries. Each will captivate your attention and keep you guessing. This is a fantastic addition to the series.

  • Mary Brown

    Murder On The Sugarland Express

    Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries, Book #6

    Angie Fox

    5 Stars

    Synopsis:

    Verity Long is overdue for a little R&R (rest and romance) with her boyfriend Ellis, and a vintage train trip through the Tennessee mountains seems like just the ticket. The Sugarland Express carries history and nostalgia in every compartment, and Verity is determined to enjoy it—without ghostly interference. But the ghosts have other plans…

    On a dark, desolate night nearly a century ago, the train

    Murder On The Sugarland Express

    Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries, Book #6

    Angie Fox

    5 Stars

    Synopsis:

    Verity Long is overdue for a little R&R (rest and romance) with her boyfriend Ellis, and a vintage train trip through the Tennessee mountains seems like just the ticket. The Sugarland Express carries history and nostalgia in every compartment, and Verity is determined to enjoy it—without ghostly interference. But the ghosts have other plans…

    On a dark, desolate night nearly a century ago, the train was stranded in the mountains and a young woman was found stabbed to death in her locked compartment. The murder was never solved, and a ghostly Belgian detective is still pursuing the case from the grave.

    To Verity’s dismay, all of the ghostly suspects are back. And when history repeats itself and a new murder mirrors the old, it’s up to Verity and her friends to discover which of the passengers—dead or alive—could be behind the murders before the killer strikes again. (Goodreads)

    Review:

    The characters are well rounded and well developed. Verity is a strong, knowledgeable and committed woman. She also has a resident ghost, Frankie, that she has to deal with all the time. He tries her patience on a daily basis. When her and her boyfriend, Ellis, decide to go one a maiden trip of the newly opened Sugarland Express, they plan on having a relaxing, enjoyable getaway. But when unexpected guests shows up on the train, and dead bodies begin piling up, their relaxing getaway gets derailed.

    I enjoyed getting to see other sides of Virginia, Verity's almost mother-in-law and her ex-fiance, Beau. They seemed to make some headway to becoming nicer people and being a little kinder to Verity, but we will see if it lasts. I am sad that Lucy, Verity's per skunk, was not in the book more. I love reading about her.

    The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there watching all of the action taking place. There are two mysteries to solve, the present day murder and the the ghostly murder from years past. I enjoyed having both mysteries to try to figure out and I was not sure who the culprits were until it was revealed at the end.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted ghostly cozy. I have read the whole series and it is a great one. Do yourself a favor and check this book, and series, out.

    I received a complimentary advance copy of this book and chose voluntarily to leave this honest review.

  • Marta Cox

    Well with the latest version of the classic Agatha Christie novel being brought back to the big screen I'm hardly surprised that this author has been inspired to pen her own train murder mystery. As you would expect it's quite a doozy too with not only a ghostly murder to solve but one happening here and now in real time ! Poor Verity just wanted some quality time with her boyfriend Ellis and this historical train journey seemed just the ticket ! Trouble is there are people onboard who Verity is

    Well with the latest version of the classic Agatha Christie novel being brought back to the big screen I'm hardly surprised that this author has been inspired to pen her own train murder mystery. As you would expect it's quite a doozy too with not only a ghostly murder to solve but one happening here and now in real time ! Poor Verity just wanted some quality time with her boyfriend Ellis and this historical train journey seemed just the ticket ! Trouble is there are people onboard who Verity is only too well acquainted with not to mention the ghosts that are haunting the train .

    Ok I don't wish to give too much away but long time fans of this series will know that Verity is dating her ex's older brother . Which obviously causes issues but even more disturbing is the way Ellis's mother has really had the knives out for Verity . Here we just might start to see the dynamics change but to say more would ruin the fun.

    What I can say is the effervescent Frankie and his new ( and very sweet ) girlfriend make their presence known which adds to the fun and lets face it chaos! I loved that Verity got swept along with all the ghostly goings on but it was the nefarious goings on in real time that really made this story hurtle along . Yes there's mystery but most of all it's a fun fast paced story that had surprises and an ending to make the most jaded reader smile

    This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair

  • Judy Lewis

    ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTFUL !!!

    Title: Murder on the Sugarland Express

    Series: Southern Ghost Hunters Mysteries

    Designation: Book 6 of Series, Full-Length Standalone, NO Cliffhanger

    Author: Angie Fox

    Reading Platform: Kindle Edition

    My Rating: FIVE DELICIOUSLY CUTE STARS*****

    I adore cozy mysteries, love gripping suspense, and completely addicted to anything supernatural but throw in a little sweet romance and I'm totally smitten! Unfortunately, it's often difficult to find all four elements in one book but

    ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTFUL !!!

    Title: Murder on the Sugarland Express

    Series: Southern Ghost Hunters Mysteries

    Designation: Book 6 of Series, Full-Length Standalone, NO Cliffhanger

    Author: Angie Fox

    Reading Platform: Kindle Edition

    My Rating: FIVE DELICIOUSLY CUTE STARS*****

    I adore cozy mysteries, love gripping suspense, and completely addicted to anything supernatural but throw in a little sweet romance and I'm totally smitten! Unfortunately, it's often difficult to find all four elements in one book but fortunately, I've found an author that brilliantly combines them all into one exceptional story. Angie Fox has delighted her readers yet again with Murder on the Sugarland Express, a full-length standalone and sixth release in the Southern Ghost Hunters Mysteries Series and I totally loved it! Move over, Agatha Christie! Murder on the Sugarland Express is a hit! Although this book can be read as a standalone, I highly recommend at least reading the first book of the series, Southern Spirits, which will give you the premise and backstory for all the releases in the collection. I became a diehard Angie Fox fan several years ago after reading The Accidental Demon Slayer, the outrageously funny first release in Fox's best-selling Biker Witches Mystery Series, another fabulous collection I highly recommend, especially if you love your mystery generously laced with side-splitting humor. But I digress, let's talk about Murder on the Sugarland Express. The book is imaginative, unique, exciting, cute, sweet, heartwarming, well crafted and well edited with a beautiful, eye-catching cover. The narrative is exceptionally well written in the first person from the perspective of the heroine, Verity Long. The dialogue is smart, snappy, well executed, at times hilarious, and flows effortlessly. I love all the components of this story but it's the characters that completely steal the show. They literally explode from the pages, grab your attention, come to life in your imagination, and completely capture your heart! They are fascinating, captivating, realistic, engaging, relatable and humorous. Fox skillfully combines these elements to craft a deliciously cute and delightfully entertaining whodunit filled to the brim with danger, drama, humor, ghosts, suspense, plot twists, and even a little heartbreaking angst and heartwarming romance.

    Did I like this book? No, I LOVED it! It's my new favorite! Yeah, yeah, I know I say the same thing after every book in this series but I just can't help myself. lol.. I adore the Southern Ghost Hunters World and the fictional town of Sugarland, Tennessee as well as the vividly depicted characters Fox has created for this series. Verity Long is an absolute delight and Ellis Wydell is one hunk of burning love! lol... And never fear, Verity's gangster ghost Frankie from the flapper era is around to cause all kinds of trouble and Lucy, the pet skunk, is ever present for a little heartwarming comic relief. And the supporting characters in this little story just completely captured my heart! I giggled, snorted, snuffled and sniffed through the entire story. Would I recommend it? You bet and I am, for ages twelve to a hundred and twelve! Will I read this author again? Absolutely! Just as soon as she releases her next book! Was I entertained? Completely and totally entertained! Fabulous entertainment and an awesome read!

    Premise: Although the last year has been difficult for Verity Long, it has also been surprisingly busy for the beautiful former aspiring graphic designer from Sugarland Tennessee. Unfortunately, the one thing it hasn't been is profitable. Despite successfully solving several murders, life continues to be difficult. Verity is still short on funds and desperately trying to hang on to the home she inherited from her grandmother. She lost absolutely everything after breaking off her engagement last year with her lying, cheating, now ex-fiance Beau Wydell, youngest and favored son of wealthy, influential town aristocrat Virginia Wydell. Her graphic design services had been in demand until her almost mother-in-law used her influence to ruin her and her business. Had it been left up to the vengeful Virginia Wydell, Verity would have been tarred, feathered, and run out of town on a rail. Now it seems no one in Sugarland needs her services so she's embarked on a new career and a whole new business...as a ghost hunter. Yup, she's officially out of the closet and has been for months, or rather since her interview with Ovis Dupree, guest investigative reporter from the local newspaper, The Sugarland Gazette. And that's not the only change in her life. Her kinda-sorta-maybe, once hush-hush and on-the-sly boyfriend Deputy Sheriff Ellis Wydell is now her very public main squeeze! And yes, Ellis and Beau are related - they're brothers! Huh? Oh yes, brothers! As you can imagine, the news was not well received by Virginia or Beau Wydell. And let's not forget her sweet little pet skunk Lucy and her very dead, black and white gangster ghost housemate, Franklin Rudolph Winkelmann aka Frankie the German. Yup, I said ghost. Frankie became trapped on Verity's property when she unknowingly dumped the ashes from his urn onto the roots of her rose bush. Oh no! But in her defense, she had no idea what they were and what would happen. So until she can figure out a way to free Frankie, she's stuck with the not-so-nice wise guy criminal from the flapper era who has turned her backyard shed into a speakeasy and hideout for him and his ghost gang cronies. Verity is barely scraping by with very little food and even less money. But on the bright side, she does have her pet skunk, Lucy, a hot hunky boyfriend, and, on occasion, Frankie does actually lend her, albeit begrudgingly, some of his power so she can see all those otherworldly things that go bump in the night. But things are looking up. At least, she still has her grandma's home and she's even managed to solve a few cases. Now, if she could manage to find a job that actually pays cash, everything would be perfect. Careful what you wish for, Verity!

    The world turns, life goes on, and southern-bell, super-sleuth Verity Long finds herself still without sufficient funds and always in need of a job. Thankfully, or maybe not, the universe seems to have her on speed dial, because every time she turns around a dead body turns up and Verity finds herself neck deep in another whodunit. But if there's one thing Verity does well, it's solving mysteries. With plenty of help from her spiritual cohorts of the ghostly plane and her new beau, Verity has become quite well known as Sugarland's very own ghost hunter extraordinaire. No, not that Beau, lying, cheating Beau Wydell... her new sweetie, Deputy Sheriff Ellis Wydell, Beau's older brother. Nothing like keeping it in the family! Unfortunately, Virginia Wydell, Sugarland's leading citizen, town matriarch, and mother of the Wydell brothers, is not pleased and seeks retribution against Verity at every opportunity. But Verity is a true southern belle with a spine of steel, one who refuses to allow anything to get in her way. But Verity and her handsome boyfriend Ellis need a break from the constant ghostly chaos, town gossip, and let's not forget all the family interference, especially after Virginia Wydell turns Ellis's small pre-opening gathering of family and friends for his new restaurant/bar, Southern Spirits, into a red carpet event covered by none other than our favorite reporter from the Sugarland Gazette, Ovis Dupree. And Ellis has just the ticket - quite literally! Ellis has arranged a romantic three-day weekend getaway on the maiden trip of the newly restored Sugarland Express. There'll be lots of canoodling for Verity and Ellis - but no ghosts, no Frankie, no dead bodies, no cases to solve, no Beau and Virginia Wydell, and NO interruptions! Just pure blissful alone time for her and Ellis. Not! Unfortunately, Verity caves when Frankie plays the guilt card and reluctantly agrees to allow him and his new ghostly girlfriend Molly to tag along. Oh my! What could go wrong? A lot, actually... maybe, lots of ghosts, an old mystery, a dead body, an ex-fiance, and his mother! Oh no! What's a southern ghost hunter to do? Take the high road, be the charming southern lady her grandmother taught her to be, solve the case, and bless your little heart! All aboard the Sugarland Express and buckle up, it's gonna be a wildly entertaining ride!

  • Lisa Morin

    Verity Long is at it again in Murder on the Sugarland Express, the 6th book in the Southern Ghost Hunter Mystery Series.

    Nothing screams romance more than a quiet train ride with the love of your life. This is exactly what Verity is looking forward to, unfortunately her plans and hopes go awry when her ghost nemesis Frankie the German tags along. If having Frankie along isn't enough to set Verity on edge, having her ex boyfriend on board the train will surely cause her to go nuts, especially sinc

    Verity Long is at it again in Murder on the Sugarland Express, the 6th book in the Southern Ghost Hunter Mystery Series.

    Nothing screams romance more than a quiet train ride with the love of your life. This is exactly what Verity is looking forward to, unfortunately her plans and hopes go awry when her ghost nemesis Frankie the German tags along. If having Frankie along isn't enough to set Verity on edge, having her ex boyfriend on board the train will surely cause her to go nuts, especially since Beau is her current loves brother! Add mom into the mix and you have yourself a setting for disaster.

    What Verity isn't expecting is to stumble upon another murder , complete with other ghosts that do not seem to approve of the living.

    Cozy readers will enjoy this paranormal cozy mystery complete with laugh out loud moments.

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read an ARC of this story.


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